Relay For Life is the world’s largest fundraising event for cancer research, with over four million people participating in annual events in more than 20 countries. Teams of 10-15 people work together to keep their baton travelling around a race track for 24 hours, while friends and family come to support them, listen to live music, and enjoy the community festival atmosphere. This year BCS once again entered a team in the Canberra Relay For Life. The Canberra event included 110 teams and over 1,400 participants and raised over $250,000 for cancer research.
Here’s what Team BCS leader Graham McKerchar had to say about the event and our team’s achievements:
“I want to send a huge shout out to Team BCS for their support of Relay For Life here in Canberra on March 24 and 25. Our team, made up of Nicole and Phil, Janice and John, Rudo, Jenelle, Julie and David, Adam and Kylie, Deb, Kerry, Steven, Masia and myself kept the BCS baton moving around the track for the entire 24 hours of the relay.
As a team we racked up over 550,000 steps across the 24 hour period. A huge effort all round with super star determination from Deb, who achieved an incredible milestone by walking over 100,000 steps across the 24 hours. Awesome effort Deb, you smashed it. Team BCS also managed to raise $1,400 this year.
Special moments included the opening ceremony and the Candlelight Ceremony which were all about the fighters, the survivors, the carers and loved ones lost to cancer.
The standout for me was a soldier by the name of Hayden. Hayden was in a full army camouflage kit, back pack, weight vest, and was carrying a rod that weighed the same as his rifle would normally weigh. He walked the entire 24 hours of the relay. The entire 24 hours! Hayden was interviewed at 9:00am Sunday and revealed he was doing the relay in memory of his grandfather who had passed away exactly three years earlier from cancer.
Everybody had the opportunity to participate in the final lap which Hayden was invited to lead. He was still ½ a lap away when this announcement was made, and had to walk through the crowd of relayers to get to the front to lead the final lap. It was a real goose bumps and teary moment watching him walk through the crowd to cheers and clapping.
Truly inspirational stuff and I feel very privileged to have been part of such a special moment.
So a huge thank you to everybody who supported our fundraising efforts this year. We really appreciate your support. Thank you to our awesome walkers, you did an amazing job.
We will definitely be back to do Relay For Life 2019.” – Graham McKerchar – Team BCS
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